Sport Windshield Kit
this shield looks great on my 04 1200 C. the only problem that i did have is the what i call a C clamp has the nut welded onto the clamp im sure for simplicity but one did not fit together well with the bolt. and i stripped it. had to use a longer and smaller nut to secure the shield. but it was very easy for a girl like me to install
October 9, 2013
Mounting Hardware Needs Design Overhaul.
I truly wish I could write a four-star review of this product: How easy it was to install, how great it fits, how good it looks on my XL1200C.
The fact is, the windshield itself is still in the protective wrapper it came in. It would remain there until I got the clamps properly installed on the handlebars and fork tubes.
And therein lies the problem. The Major Design Flaw.
In placing the U-clamp on the handlebars, the directions advise lightly squeezing the ends of the U-clamp together. I did so. And the eyebolt would not go through both holes! Thinking I may have squeezed the U-clamp a bit too much, I used the other - "unsqueezed," if you will - U-clamp. Same thing. Eyebolt would not go through. Maybe if I squeezed the first U-clamp a bit more? Still no good.
Oh, well. I'd get back to that problem later. I attempted to install the R-clamps onto the fork tubes. The first one was a bit of a problem compressing the clamp enough for the little 3/4" screw to connect, but I got it. Moving on to the other clamp, the screw went partway in, and stuck. I removed the screw and clamp, and looked at the clamp.
Another design flaw: the R-clamp has the nut WELDED to the clamp, and some of the bead closed off the hold, making it IMPOSSIBLE for the screw to go through. In trying to remove the screw, the bolt broke off the clamp. Great design there, H-D!
Needless to say, I invented a few new curse words in looking at the exceedingly poor design of the clamping hardware.
A few suggestions to Harley-Davidson:
Make the U-clamps a bit LONGER, and use a slot, not a hole! The only way I can use the provided U-clamps is to break out my Dremel and grind out the hole, lengthening it somewhat, to accommodate the screw.
I shouldn't have to, but I will.
Now for the R-clamps: DON'T WELD A NUT TO THE CLAMP! Just include a couple longer screws, and a couple locking nuts. PROBLEM SOLVED!
Rule Number One: PARTS SHOULD FIT! If the clamps were properly designed, the mounting of the windshield could have been accomplished in about 45 minutes, tops.
Rule Number Two: PARTS SHOULD FIT, DANG IT! I shouldn't have to grind ANYTHING. I shouldn't have to re-order replacement ANYTHINGS. I shouldn't have to make a trip to the hardware store for ANYTHING.
I'd really like to offer a review of the windshield itself, but I can't. Not until I modify two parts, and order a replacement for the broken one!
lease, H-D, re-think these atrocious clamps!
September 12, 2013